This will be my 14th time participating in NaNoWriMo. I’ve won nine times. I didn’t win last year, but I won the previous four years before that. I should be able to win this year.
With 10 days left in October, I’m in panic mode. I don’t have a title or a synopsis for my story yet! I know those things aren’t necessary while writing the first draft, but this is the first time in years I haven’t been able to come up with a placeholder title at the very least. I’m also using a kishotenketsu story structure, and that’s affecting my ability to come up with a synopsis. Summarizing the story without giving away the twist is difficult. The best I’ve been able to come up with is:
After the prison they’ve been confined in is attacked for unknown reasons, four people manage to escape and now must figure out what they now want to do with their lives: Kara Tzu, an anarchist and former insurgent from the Orion Federation world of Tarragona, Ngozi Onyekachi, a history professor who fought against the Sagittarius Empire in her youth, Paul, a young man from the Federation who joined the wrong philosophy club, and Mark Zolotyuk, a Scout in the Golden Horde military who offers the three of them a path to citizenship for saving his life.
I’m going to need to work on it a little more, I know.
I should probably mention that this is a science fiction story where humanity is spread out over parts of the Milky Way galaxy. There are a three major governments: The United Hordes of the Perseus Arm (which includes the Golden Horde), The Orion Federation, and the Red Republics of the Sagittarius Arm, which used to be controlled by the Sagittarius Empire. There’s also the Capitalist Republic of Kirkcaldy, an entirely independent system, which is where the story starts out. And the Black Rose, and the Kadingirra Confederacy, and the Mishimikinaak Council, and the Islamic Union, and and and
Yeah, I’ve done a lot of worldbuilding over the past month. This is what happens when I want a world to feel like it’s real and actually lived in.
Now I need to quite seriously focus my efforts toward actually writing down the plot and getting the story beats in order. I know what needs to happen, but I’m not yet sure how to connect some of those events or what order they even need to go in. Ten days is enough for that, right?
Also: I’ve made quite a few updates to the map from September’s Writing Update post. It’s based on this map from Wikipedia, if you want a reference for how much space it covers.